「英雄さまごー行です」 (Eiyuu-sama gou Ikkou desu)
“The Party of Heroes”
That’s a whole new meaning of “turning on”.
I think that, overall, Passione is doing a really good job with this adaptation so far. They’ve been shackled with the unenviable task of getting the series back on track despite the mess made of the end of season three (and all the content that was left out), and the nearly-unprecedented episode 00 went a long way to fixing things up. But not all the way, which is why this episode led with the quick and dirty recap to an event anime only viewers still have little knowledge about. Here’s the thing, though: it did what it was supposed to do. There is a hero faction of the Chaos Brigade, and the Gremory family has fought them before. Got it! As far as context for the remainder of the episode goes, it’s serviceable enough, because at least we understand everything else that’s happening, even if the context is a touch shifty.
Because that’s the other half of the unenviable task laid before the Passione crew: to not only get the series back on track, but tell an entertaining story while they do it. More than one episode like 00 would have been overkill, so they’ve gotten on with it. I think they’re doing a decent job of balancing these competing goals.
This episode was filled with lots of goofs, and plenty of flirting with Issei by the church trio. I especially loved the jealousy from the other two pervs, to which Issei’s popularity must seem truly unfair. Haha, sucks to be you two! You’re not the audience inserts, so you’ll just have to wait until you learn to be less silly humans. At least they’re still generally good-natured about it, and are waiting to punch Issei until they get back to the hotel. That’s just polite if you ask me.
Speaking of excellent couples/flirting, the closet scene. OH THE CLOSET SCENE! It appears to be in this season’s mission statement to get at least two good pervin’ scene in every episode, one whenever we check back in with the home trio and one whenever Issei gets up to no good. This time we return to the greatest threat to Issei’s chastity: Xenovia. Not because she loves him more than the others, not even because she lusts him more, but because she’s laser-focused on the one thing that would result in his cherry getting popped. I mean, she’s a knight, right? She just needs one quick opening and she’ll strike. She’s going to straight up bang Issei, and anyone nearby is probably going to end up joining in, see: Irina being drafted into the harem, complete with suggestive blushing a day later. Lovely, I love it! Especially when her light was going on and off when Issei was groping her. Hah!
In other potential harem news, Issei was getting along with Kunou (Tokui Sora) pretty well. Though actually, there’s nothing inherently suspicious about that, he was only a little more suave in accepting her apology than the girls, and the two of them being pictured in a lot of the montage stills together doesn’t mean much. But, you know. This is High School DxD. It’s like how when you’re watching a murder mystery, and you’re constantly examining everyone like they might be the murderer? Same thing, but with potential haremettes. He has some history with youkai girls who can sport animal ears, after all. Just a little.
I don’t think he’s going to find any more haremettes in this crowd, though. He could! Wouldn’t put it past him! But he’s going to have to get past all the pointy weapons that want to gut them first, and this smiling chap who is bad news with a capital B and N. Bad News. Like that.
More on that next time!
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